Edited by Adeze Ojukwu
The purpose of life is a hot topic. It is a quest that has continued to generate spiritual and philosophical debates among people, irrespective of creed or race. But this issue should be of particular significance to Christians, who are yearning for eternal life in heaven.
This stems from the biblical injunction that believers should continue to seek and watch eagerly for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Scriptures that readily capture the purpose of human life are in Ecclesiastics 12:
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
The evidence of God’s divinely ordained programme for every individual, is also reflected in Jeremiah 1: 4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the LORD said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
It is very important to prayerfully seek God’s will and purpose in order to live in tandem with God and his desires to grant you a peaceful and prosperous life.
For No one can achieve this without the Holy Spirit and a humble heart.
Other salient areas, relating to this subject matter are discussed in the January 9, 2020 devotional by the World Challenge.
It was written by Claude Houde, the lead pastor of Eglise Nouvelle Vie,New Life Church, in Montreal, Canada. Under his leadership New Life Church has grown from a handful of people to more than 3500, in a part of Canada with few successful Protestant churches.
Enjoy the post entitled ‘Your Unique God-Given Purpose.’
“Remember those who are called to be models for you and to teach you the Word of God. Consider [imitate, reproduce] the issue [the fruit, the example, the result, the outcome] of their lives. Imitate their faith for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:7-8).
This passage states that God’s people (our children, families, friends and every precious soul our Lord put on our path) must be able to look at our faith and trust in God through every trial and storm, in our deepest values, passion, reactions, decisions and true priorities and to literally imitate our faith.
This unchangeable and remarkable principle means that my life must become a testimony, a proclamation and irrefutable proof that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
God wants my faith and my trust in him to plead with everyone who is watching my life and is tempted to drift away, to believe that God is faithful, he never changes, there is no shadow of variation in him and he who trusts in God will never be disappointed!
God wants your children and mine to testify to their friends that it is “by watching my mom and dad living their faith, day in and day out, through the terrible tragedies and trials of their lives, through every pain and pressure, that I have decided to live for God because my parents’ faith proved to me that God is alive.”
It is of supreme importance for every believer to realize that he possesses a sphere of influence that is uniquely his. We each have people we can touch or influence, a work to complete or a purpose to accomplish that no one else can.
This is what you are called to do: the people God predestined to be influenced by you, the eternal destiny you were called to fulfill, the greatest man of God in the world cannot do! It is your faith that produces the fruit of confidence in God in the people who surround you.
Some people’s faith, love, joy and passion are communicative. To be near them does you good, inspires you, heals and reconciles you with the human race. We love being around them and thank God for their faith that produces hope and propels others toward new heights, commitments, and possibilities in God.
Above all, man is accountable to God and is empowered to do so by total surrender to the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ.
Therefore, one can easily deduce that a life of purpose should reflect Jesus Christ, the Son of God. ‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.’ Col 1:15
.Ojukwu is a missionary, intercessor and a Christian publisher. She is excited about God’s eternal grace for mankind and is delighted to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people. Send feedback to [email protected]